April 2017 Newsletter

School of Nursing Achieves Top 10 Ranking in U.S. News & World Report

The doctor of nursing practice (DNP) overall program is ranked seventh, and the master of science in nursing (MSN) program is now ranked eighth (tie). Pitt Nursing remains one of the top-ranked graduate nursing programs across the country.

Other program rankings released today include:

Other program rankings released today include:Rankings reflect a weighted average of critical indicators that include student selectivity and achievement, acceptance rate, mean grade-point average, degree achievement, student-faculty ratio, faculty credentials and academic achievements, research activity, and the results of a peer assessment survey. More than 500 nursing programs in the United States were evaluated, with results published for the top 75 percent. 

Earlier this year, Pitt Nursing’s online MSN programs rose to 12th in the country, up from 23rd (tie) in 2016, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Read more about how Pitt Nursing is leading the way.  


BSN Program to Begin at Pitt–Greensburg This Fall

BSN students will do their clinical placements at Excela Health facilities in Westmoreland County, and will travel to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC for their pediatric placements.

Around 25 students will be admitted to start in the Fall 2017 semester. Enrollment is expected to eventually increase to 40 students per cohort.

Read more in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.


Alumni Elected to American Association of Colleges of Nursing Board of Directors

Bakewell-Sachs, dean and vice president for nursing affairs at Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing was re-elected as an AACN Board Member at-Large. Weaver, dean of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing, was newly elected to serve a two-year term as an AACN Board Member at-Large.


Save the Date: PNEG Conference Registration Begins in May

PNEG 2017 featured speakers include:

  • Cathy Catrambone, PhD, RN, FAAN, President, Sigma Theta Tau International, and associate professor, Rush University College of Nursing
  • Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FNAP, FAAN, Associate Vice President for Health Promotion; Dean, College of Nursing, Ohio State University
  • John O’Donnell, DrPH, MSN, RN, CRNA, Professor and Chair, Department of Nurse Anesthesia, University of Pittsburgh
  • Deborah Trautman, PhD, RN, FAAN, President and CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing


Save the Date: 2017 Alumni Day

Join us for a day of reconnecting, including the reunion luncheon for classes ending in “2” and “7,” and an evening reception celebrating our 2017 alumni award winners. Read more >


Student Spotlight: Heather Moore

Moore received the fellowship for her research proposal, “Search for Gut Microbiota-Media Composition and Influences in Type 2 Diabetes.” Her BSN thesis chair is Cecelia Yates, PhD.